The Holiday season is supposed to be all about the spirit of giving. But in these four cases, the suspects involved were all about taking. Some stole presents, and others took lives. Tragic stories like these are the basis of the second season of Homicide For The Holidays, premiering Saturday, November 25 at 6/5c.
1. Murder over lack of Christmas gift
Julio Resto of Waltham, Massachusetts didn’t buy his wife, Gloria Resto, a Christmas gift in 2014. That upset Gloria, according to Julio. It caused a fight, which escalated to violence on New Year’s Eve. He stabbed Gloria, 42, about 21 times on the head, neck torso and other extremities, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. Julio was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for his wife’s death.
2. Mom beats kids for opening gifts early
In 2016, a mother from Greenfield, Indiana allegedly beat and bit her two young sons for opening their Christmas gifts early. Sascha Collins, then 36, attacked her 7 and 9-year-old sons after they discovered gifts for them hidden in Collins’ closet.
According to Fox8, one of her children claimed she drank and snorted hydrocodone the night before the incident. Court documents state that the mother told police she loves her children but they are disrespectful. She said, “she just lost it.”
3. Men stab and steal EMT worker’s presents?
An off-duty FDNY EMT said was stabbed in the arm while trying to fight off a group of robbers who stole his Christmas gifts in the Bronx on Christmas 2016. Steven Sampson, then 41, pulled his vehicle over to rearrange his gifts, according to the New York Daily News. At that point, a group of men approached him and allegedly took off with $2,500 worth of presents. Among the stolen goods: a drone and multiple gift cards. Sampson claimed he tried to fight the robbers and was stabbed in his arm. The injury required several stitches.
Later though, it turned out that the story was made up. He was charged with filing a false report and was suspended. Whatever happened, it wasn't merry at all!
4. Mother killed while trying to earn money for Christmas gifts
In December of 2016, 33-year-old April Vancleave was shot to death while trying to sell jewelry in order to be able to afford a Christmas gift for her young daughter. According to Dallas News, she was attempting to sell $7,000 worth of 14k gold jewelry to an online buyer.
Instead, two robbers showed up and killed her. Two men, Alex Menor Diaz and Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez were arrested and charged with her death in 2017.